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ERIC Number: ED538898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 118
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-9-2915-7482-1
Designing Adult Learning Strategies: The Case of South Eastern Europe
Gunny, Madeleine; Viertel, Evelyn
European Training Foundation
The importance of lifelong learning is generally well understood and few people today would query the need for adults to regularly update their skills in line with labour market needs, and for governments and social partners to provide an environment that supports skills acquisition and updating. However, it is clear when we look at data from the EU Member States that a great deal of lifelong learning takes place within the context of employment: it can be delivered, financed and outsourced by employers, making it directly related to the needs of the workplace. We see that access to such learning opportunities is not evenly spread across the working population. They are more likely to occur in larger companies and to be targeted at the better educated staff in middle-ranking posts. What does this imply for lifelong learning in the countries of South Eastern Europe? These countries suffer from high unemployment and low economic activity rates, so very large numbers of the active population are immediately barred from workplace learning. Moreover, those who are working are most likely to be doing so in the informal sector or in small or micro-enterprises. The purpose of this publication is to look at how lifelong learning strategies can be developed in such an environment, using recent data gathered from South Eastern Europe, and to provide guidance to those countries and others operating in a similar context. It emphasises the need for more attention to be paid to workplace learning and to exploit the potential of enterprises as providers of lifelong learning. Appended are: (1) Sweden; and (2) Accreditation: Process, Indicators, Actors and Principles. A bibliography is included. (Contains 7 tables and 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Training Foundation (ETF) (Italy)
Identifiers - Location: Europe; Sweden